Glenn Straub, one of the largest land owners in Wellington and the controversial owner of the new Polo West night polo stadium, is scheduled to be arraigned Sept, 18 in connection with an alleged assault on the daughter of a rival polo club official.
It’s a stunning development in a case that reportedly could have been dismissed outright.
Straub and one of his lawyers told Gossip Extra after the April incident it was so minor that no formal charge was expected.
But a misdemeanor battery was filed after a prosecutor at the Palm Beach County State Attorney opted to pursue the case originally brought to them by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
Straub, the owner of the new Heart of Palm Beach hotel in Palm Beach, said he didn’t know about his date with the judge and said his lawyers are “taking care of it.”
Said Craig Galle, Straub’s attorney: “It’s unusual that five months after the fact there’d an information filed. The alleged victim was trespassing and repeatedly asked to leave the private property and she and her friends were throwing beer cans and disturbing the guests. Sometimes, people take pot-shots at successful businessmen like Mr. Straub. The matter will be defended to the fullest extend permitted by the law.”
Back in April, Straub is alleged to have grabbed a young woman by the throat on the sidelines of a polo field at Polo West, a medium-goal, night-polo facility with fields the size of two hockey rinks.
Claire Newman, who Straub allegedly tussled with, happens to be the daughter of rival International Polo Club Palm Beach director Jimmy Newman.
Straub apparently took umbrage to Claire Newman and several friends drinking beer out of cans and being loud.
“We want to keep the family atmosphere on Friday nights,” Straub said at the time. “I didn’t f…… grab her. But I can’t have young people swearing and carrying on. They obviously didn’t buy the beer from the restaurant on the property and get their age checked.
“We can’t have people get drunk here and get into a car crash,” he said in clear reference to the DUI manslaughter conviction of International Polo owner John Goodman.